A GIFT OF GRATITUDE FROM A SPECIAL SOLDIER
Wadena-Deer Creek second-grade teacher Junelle Jackson received some special mail recently from U.S. Air Force soldier Jamie Richter.
Mrs. Jackson's second-grade class from last year (now third-graders) corresponded with Richter who was serving overseas in Afghanistan.
Inside the package from Richter was a large American flag, which was flown on March 12, 2015 onboard an RC-12X reconnaissance air craft. A signed certificate from the two air craft pilots was included with the flag and says the following:
“This flag represents the sacrifices our brothers and sisters at arms have made in defense of the United States of America and the freedom which we hold dear and true.”
“Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation's founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America's storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the best of this nation.”
In Richter's letter, she writes the following to Mrs. Jackson and her students:
“I am hoping this flag makes it to you this time. I have tried once, but it came back and you never know with the mail system out here. I know the kids are all 3rd graders now, but hopefully you can share this with them. I can't thank you enough, and each of them, for all the letters, gifts and kind words. I shared with all the soldiers and it made their days/holidays a little brighter in a NOT so bright place (Afghanistan).
This flag was flown on an Army RC-12, Guardrail. Part of my job is to task specific aircraft every day for collection to keep the special forces soldiers safe. I had them fly this flag on behalf of all those wonderful 2nd graders and my favorite 2nd grade teacher! The soldiers work very hard every day to keep everyone at home, in the United States, very safe. Thank you again for EVERYTHING!”
Mrs. Jackson said this flag was a “very special gift” and that she plans to hang the beautiful flag in her classroom.
Mrs. Jackson was honored last year with the Minnesota VFW K-5 Citizenship Teacher of the Year honor. In her 32nd year of teaching at WDC Elementary, Mrs. Jackson continues to engage her students in citizenship and patriotism by corresponding and sending care packages to soldiers, many of whom are Wadena-Deer Creek graduates.